Archive for June, 2008

It’s an individual right … but they can ban M-16s?

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

As this is being written, on the day the Supreme Court handed down its ballyhooed “gun rights” decision in the case D.C. vs. Heller, sundry outraged mayors are fuming because the U.S. Supreme Court has, “for the first time,” discovered in the Constitution an individual right to bear arms, placing in danger all their precious […]

‘The more cows on the range, the more tortoises’

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

A May 14 editorial in the Review-Journal cited a portion of Vern Bostick’s study, “The Desert Tortoise in Relation to Cattle Grazing,” published in “Rangelands,” June, 1990. This brought a letter from a newly arrived “expert” on the extent to which desert tortoises are allergic to having large ungulate grazers sharing their range, arguing that […]

It’s old and it was dreamed up by dead white men. Nuff said?

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Those who want government to run our lives are endlessly frustrated with such “outmoded” ideas as state sovereignty and the Electoral College. The initial ideas were simple enough: While the federal government would guarantee the residents of each state a republican form of government and refrain from infringing the citizen’s basic rights — the right […]

Drill, Ye Terriers, Drill

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Much nonsense has been heard from both presumptive big-party presidential candidates on the topic of energy and gasoline prices. More will probably be forthcoming, as it’s judged politically unwise these days to challenge too directly the suicidal lunacy that holds America can remain prosperous by turning her back on the coal and oil that fast-growing […]

Got your Prairie Dog Permit?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Image by mandj98 via FlickrPrairie dogs are considered pests not just by farmers and ranchers — their burrowing can render vast acreages unsuitable for cattle grazing — but by golf course operators and even agencies of the federal government. (Threatened with fines of a $100,000 a day fine from the Federal Aviation Administration, the City […]

A Few Simple Solutions

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Tourists keep writing in to complain about all those illegal immigrants bracing them on the sidewalks along the Las Vegas Strip, pushing those little fliers and cards into their hands, the ones with photos of young babes in provocative poses: “Straight to Your Room, just dial 1-800-BOOBs.” To their credit, the complainants rarely object to […]

‘Dad was told he was crazy to try and do this’

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Image via WikipediaThe government has some big advantages over mortal plaintiffs. For one thing, the government is, for all practical purposes, immortal. Back in the 1980s, it became an article of faith among well-meaning “environmentalists” without much practical knowledge of the West — and thus for the federal bureaucrats anxious to please that large if […]

‘The teacher will shoot me for being late with my homework!”

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Last year, my own Nevada state senator, Republican Bob Beers, proposed a law which would have “allowed” Nevada government-school teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds — if they wished to do so — after passing an arduous training course. Needless to say, there was a public outcry, and not the outcry one would […]

‘The majority are really with us, they just don’t know it yet’

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

In response to my recent piece on enforcing our established immigration laws (I did not mention the potential effectiveness of machine guns and land mines, which would be the first resort of any statesman or military commander who really wanted to “secure our borders,” the avoidance of such obvious tools thus demonstrating that every public […]

You Must Sacrifice, You Must Serve

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Around this time in the presidential election cycle, Democratic candidates traditionally start “running to the center.” With a wink and a nudge to their core, far-left constituencies, the candidates in effect say, “For the next five months I’m going to sound like a small-government Republican, talking about tax cuts and free enterprise and a strong […]